ABOUT THE BOOK

The election of Kamala Devi Harris, born of an immigrant Indian mother, cancer specialist Shyamala Gopalan, originally from Chennai, has put the global spotlight like never before on the small but high-achieving Indian-American diaspora. The community happens to be the most educated with the highest median income in the US, and has excelled in almost every area it has touched—from politics to administration, entrepreneurship to technology, medicine to hospitality, science to academia, business to entertainment, philanthropy to social activism.

This evocative collection—of the kind perhaps not attempted before—captures the rise of Indian-Americans across domains, by exceptional achievers themselves, like Shashi Tharoor, the ones who have been and continue to be a part of the “rise”, like MR Rangaswami and Deepak Raj, top Indian diplomats like TP Sreenivasan and Arun K Singh, scholars like Pradeep Khosla and Maina Chawla Singh, and others who were part of, associated with, or keenly followed their stories.

A collector's item, this eye-opening saga of a diaspora, which is possibly amongst the most successful and enterprising globally, would not only prove to be highly readable and insightful for a wide readership, but also immensely substantive for scholars and people in governance.

CONTENTS

Preface
Kamala Harris: “ She Can Be President Someday Herself ”

AZIZ HANIFFA

Kamala Harris and the Great Indian-American Diaspora

SHASHI THAROOR

Indian-Americans as “Ambassadors” of India

TP SREENIVASAN

A Community Zooms into Political Spotlight

MAINA CHAWLA SINGH

From Struggling Immigrants to Political Influencers:
How a Community Came of Age

TARUN BASU

An Accidental Capitalist: How Indian-Americans made
Their Mark in Silicon Valley

MR RANGASWAMI

Professors and Academic Administrators: Conspicuous Presence
in Temples of Learning

PRADEEP K KHOSLA AND SUMAN GUHA MOZUMDER

Success Drivers of Indian-American CEOs: Fostering a New Wave
of Corporate Leadership

RAJ L GUPTA

Leading Meaningful Change: Building a Culture of Philanthropy
among Indian-Americans

DEEPAK RAJ AND ASHISH SHAH

All the Presidents’ People: Trust in the Corridors of Power

ARUN KUMAR

At the Center of Excellence: Seminal Contributions in the World
of Science

MAYANK CHHAYA

Physicians of Indian Heritage: America’s Healers

AJAY GHOSH

From Stereotypes to Household Names: A Cultural Shift and New
Role Models

VIKRUM MATHUR

Three Generations of Hoteliers: How Indian-Americans
Reinvented the Hotel Industry

BIJAL PATEL

Millennials: Straddling Two Cultures Halfway Around the World

LAXMI PARTHASARATHY

“Success” Through Lens of Women: Celebrating an Alternative
Model of the Marginalized

SUJATA WARRIER AND SHAMITA DAS DASGUPTA

Epilogue

ARUN K SINGH